About Us

An Independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization

Organization of the foundation

The Social Publishers Foundation is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization headquartered in San Marcos, CA (USA). The Board of Directors of the Foundation sets policy and delegates authority to the president and senior staff for the Foundation’s operations. The Foundation’s policies have been established to further its Mission.

The Social Publishers Foundation utilizes an Advisory Board of distinguished practitioners, researchers, and community leaders to advise the Board of Directors on various issues including strategic, conceptual, and practical aspects of the stated Mission. Members of the Advisory Board personally contribute and assist with raising funds for grants that the Foundation awards to practitioner-researchers and action-researchers.

A Review Panel of experienced practitioner-researchers, action-researchers, and veterans of community-based participatory research projects participates in a review process in which all submitted proposals for research and product development are carefully reviewed. Members of the Review Panel are volunteers and are committed to the maintenance of high standards for practitioner research.

In an effort to increase dissemination of research and products by practitioners, SPF has developed partnerships and collaborations with a number of organizations and institutions in various parts of the world. A pilot partnership was created with a number of faculty members at Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) in the United Kingdom. BGU is a public university in the city of Lincoln, England, which is recognized in the UK for its consistently high employability and student satisfaction rates.For this partnership a panel of BGU internal reviewers was formed in March 2017. The BGU internal reviewers select quality action-research projects and MA dissertations produced by teachers and review them before the practitioner-researchers submit them to SPF with the purpose of publishing their work in the SPF knowledge base. When publication applications are submitted to SPF, reviewers from the SPF review panel provide support to help enhance research reports, if necessary, and communicate with practitioner-researchers throughout the process toward publication. Collaborations with other universities are being established at this time.

Advisory Board

  • Kathleen Bergquist, Professor, Social Work, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Kevin Crehan, Professor Emeritus, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Bruce Damons, Director, Centre for the Community School, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Missionvale, South Africa
  • Candace Kaye, Associate Professor Emerita, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
  • Rolla Lewis, Professor Emeritus, Educational Psychology, California State University East Bay, USA
  • Antony Luby, Senior Lecturer, Education, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom
  • Mary McAteer, Faculty of Education, Director, Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programs, Postgraduate Professional Development, Edge Hill University, Lancashire, United Kingdom


  • Kaz Stuart, Professor, Social and Health Inequalities, University of Cumbria, Lancaster, UK

Review Panel: Reviewers for Non-English Submission

  • Spanish: Elia Fernández-Díaz, Lecturer, Department of Education; Didactics, Teacher Education, University of Cantabria, Cantabria, Spain
  • Spanish: Joel Judd, Assistant Professor, Education; Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah
  • German: Katharina Heissenberger, HS-Prof., University College of Teacher Education Styria (Pädagogische Hochschule Steiermark), Austria
  • Portuguese: Camilo Manchola-Castillo, Executive Coordinator, Specialization, UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, University of Brasília, Brasil

Review Panel: Reviewers for English Submission

  • Aneesha Awrey, Counselor, Career and Technical Education, Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, California, USA
  • Kathleen Bergquist, Professor, Social Work, University of Nevada, USA
  • Catherine Bruce, Dean of the School of Education and Professional Learning, Trent University, Ontario, Canada
  • Kathleen Collins, Associate Professor, Language, Culture and Society, Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Charlotte Hardacre, Lecturer, Health, Psychology, and Social Studies, University of Cumbria, Lancaster, UK
  • Mina Kim, Associate Professor, Elementary Education, San Francisco State University, California, USA
  • Rolla Lewis, Professor Emeritus, Educational Psychology, California State University East Bay, USA
  • Holly Marich, Regional Coordinator, Northeastern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program, Nevada, USA
  • Mary McAteer, Faculty of Education, Director, Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programs, Postgraduate Professional Development, Edge Hill University, Lancashire, UK
  • Judith McBride, Special Education Teacher Retired, Riverside School Board, and Lecturer, Faculty of Education, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Peter McDonnell, Nurse-Practitioner, Healthcare, York, UK
  • Marilyn McKinney, Professor Retired, Literacy Education, University of Nevada, USA
  • Jean McNiff, Independent Researcher and Professor, Educational Research, York St. John University, York, UK
  • Roni Nocon, Practitioner-Researcher, School Counselor, Poway Unified School District, California, USA
  • John Peters, Professor emeritus, Educational Psychology and Counseling, University of Tennessee, USA
  • LeAnn Putney, Professor, Educational Psychology, University of Nevada, USA
  • Linda Quinn, Professor, Teaching and Learning, University of Nevada, USA
  • Jennifer Robins, Associate Professor Retired, Library Science and Information Services, University of Central Missouri, USA
  • Nathan Snyder, Adjunct Professor, Fordam University, English Language Arts Teacher, NYC iSchool, New York, USA
  • Phil Taylor, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Management and course leader for the MA Educational Leadership and Management, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  • Suzy Thomas, Professor, Counselor Education, St. Mary’s College of California, USA
  • Elspeth Whitney, Professor, History, University of Nevada, USA

Panel of Internal Reviewers from Bishop Grosseteste University

  • Adam Hounslow-Eyre, Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, BGU, UK
  • Helen Thornally, Senior Lecturer, School of Teacher Development, BGU, UK
  • Yvonne Hill, Trustee, Human Scale Education and the Forge Academy, Retired Academic Course Leader, MA Education, BGU, UK
  • Jonathan Wainwright, Lecturer, School of Teacher Development, BGU, UK